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Patriots defeat Dolphins 38-24 in opener

The offense wasn't good enough: No running game. Not enough protection for Chad Henne. Not enough drives ending in touchdowns rather than field goals.

The defense was terrible. Really, really, bad.

Tom Brady passed for 517 yards and the Patriots rolled up a total of 622 yards. If this defense doesn't get better, and quickly, this is going to be a long season.

New England had Aaron Hernandez go for 103 yards on seven catches. Wes Welker caught eight passes for 160 yards, which included a 99-yard touchdown catch.

The Patriots used the no-huddle and it caught the Dolphins unprepared physically. Ultimately, the Patriots wore down the Miami defense.

"We practiced it a ton," coach Tony Sparano said of the no-huddle. "They made too many big plays. We said it during the week, big plays are going to kill you. Some of their scores made it look kind of easy."

One word of advice: Bring back Will Allen. Miami's corners were terrible tonight. They were either cramped. Or unable to play physical enough to stay with New England tight ends.

Yes, that was progress we saw from Chad Henne. He completed 30 of 49 passes for 416 yards. He moved the Dolphins up and down the field between the 10 yard lines. But he couldn't convert inside the 10. Twice, he threw third or fouth-down passes from inside the 2 yard line that fell incomplete. One led to a field goal. One led to the Dolphins turning the ball over on downs.

Good. Just not good enough this night.

 

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Miss me yet?

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"


Losers.

I'm encouraged. The defense is fixable. We just need to be able to punch it in from the 1/2 yard line.

Were # 4!
Were # 4!
Were # 4!
Were # 4!

In the AFC East!!!

Game ball to me!

"The defense is fixable."

lol

There were some good promising signs.. we need will allen back and really need a RT !!!
i wish we tried larry johnson inside, hes a much bigger body than bush.

Bad coaching + bad defense = Loss

exactly what thought about Will Allen. I was upset when they released him. need smart vets. It bit Sparano in the butt having to play Carroll.

Some fans, jeez. The defense will be all right, we don't have to face Brady every week. Obviously there are concerns on both side of the ball, but I'm also encouraged about the offense.

NFL record for passing yards in a game.
CH7 was part of that??
Wow.

so much for the best corner back tandem in the NFL... Vonte Davis should learn to shut his mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ok benny sap must go but after making it 14-14 you short kick the ball come on

Did Robo-chicken really throw the ball from the 1/2 yard line? Really? Same old fins... same old result.

No excuses.

out coached
out conditioned
out played

4th and goal from the 1/2 yard line and we can't run it in behind the best LT in the league? We has Mr. 'No Touch'Henne to throw a fade to Hartline? And not Marshall? Befuddled, dazed and confused.

Here's looking down at you~~~

"The defense will be all right"

Sure, Nolan. Whatever you say.

So the Pats put 40 on us with the run-n-shoot.
Big Deal.
Let's get ready for Houston.

The coaching was horrific. From the play calling to Henne's inability to throw more than ten yards. PATHETIC

Game ball to me!

Posted by: Nolan Carroll | September 12, 2011 at 10:49 PM

No way I had the bigger play go against me.

Offense is much better. Henne improved signifcantly.

DEF. sucked badly. Including Def. Coach. Must blitz Brady. Shame on the def.

Great pass coverage~~~~~~~~~

amazing that i'm still playing in the nfl

Daboll should be fired for that 4th down play call. Inexcusable. What an upgrade over Dan Henning! Davis and Smith best tandem in the league, LMAO. Maybe at bowling.

Here's looking down at you~~~

Posted by: Buffalo Bill | September 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

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You could have at least cleaned up the cellar when you left.

"So the Pats put 40 on us with the run-n-shoot.
Big Deal."

lol. good stuff.

I GIVE HENNE SOME CREDIT HE IS TRYING TO GET BETTER BUT HE IS NOT THERE YET AS AN ELITE QB BUT HE IS STILL A GOOD 2ND STRING ONE ;)

DEFENSE I THINK IS WORSE THAN LAST YEAR !

OFFENSE HAVE STILL STRUGGLING ABOUT THE SAME AS LAST YEAR !

FOLKS WE NEED TO DEMAND OR PICKET IN FRONT OF MR.ROSS OFFICE FOR A REAL CHANGE :STARTING WITH A PROVEN COACH LIKE COWHER ALL NEW OFFICE PERSONNEL !

Mando, that is BS! If the "beast"wants to be a #1 receiver he catches that ball for a TD! You are as bad as the others here. Henne deserves a TON of credit for his perforamnce.


PLAIN STUPID IF YOU BLAME HENNE!

next week the D will come up big but the offense won't show up... the pains of being a dolphin fan.

I hope the frigid Foxboro weather don't hurt the Dolphins in December the way the humid Miami weather hurt the Patriots today.

We got a loooooong way to go!! Just discouraging in every way. Defensive line stunk, defensive backs were pathetic, pass rush on the right side non existent and offensive line can push the d-line of the ball. UGH!

Matt Shaub Up next, He must be salivating.

Armando + Dolphins = Moron

COWHER, COWHER, COWHER, COWHER, COWHER..

Oh forgot.. COWHER.

REAL coaches prepare teams to play. Diaper and loser coaches are what our record says we are and been for back to back seasons.

OUT COACHED OUT prepared and Owner ROSS is to blame for rewarding these two ass wipes Sparano and ireland contracvt extensions.

ACORNS ANYONE???

Ok we sucked on defense... But to blame all of this on the O??? Really?

0-2 WITH HUSTON KICKING OUR REAR NEXT ;(

Hey Dolphins, remember when I used to affect the visiting team in September?

Don't blame the coaches or the players. Blame Ross for giving Sparano-Ireland Inc. another year.

This organization just got schooled. The Patriots and Belechik bring football to another level and the Phins play like they're in H.S. and it's 1970 all over again.

It hurts to say this as a Phins fan, but until this organization makes a paradigm shift in how the game is play, expect them to never lead and always follow.

New England has given the game ball to Mike Nolan~~Good choice!

Texans 565 Fishies 6

Matt Shaub Up next, He must be salivating.

Posted by: Just the facts. | September 12, 2011 at 10:55 PM

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We are all licking our chops.
Hurry next Sunday!!

Why bush on 3rd or 4th

* Henne looked better, but he cannot execute passes in the red zone. No TOUCH!

* Run game leaves something to be desired

* O-Line was abysmal

* Defense was beyond horrid

* Sapp and Carroll = garbage

* Conditioning was atrocious, seriously I thought the heat and humidity were supposed to be a home field advantage for the Phins

Bush is a solid player and a great pick-up...but unfortunately more of the same with inability to win at home...Our D is over hyped and were not well conditioned -- Imagine what a 1pm game would have been like...Also nolan carroll is not nfl caliber CB...He should be cut immediately and they should resign Will Allen. I think if they would have had Will Allen this game would have been much different. Henne played well and may have turned the corner, but he still struggles w/touch passes -- particularly fades. Biggest head scratcher for me was the call to throw a low % pass on the half yard line. You have to go QB sneak or Lex in that situation...Heck, if you really must throw, then go to Marshall who at least can go up and get it...Nolan better make some adjustments w/Texans up next...

Well at least the fins won the coin toss.

come on please 4th down and a half a yard and we pass the ball----- PLEASE help me undrstand why we didnt run the ball with Bush PLease why pass. 31-24 and we are in the game-- please get new coaches-- This is the NFL???????????

you people need to stop with the "change the coaching saff BS.. team plays hard for these guys it's the execution thats lacking... you go no where in the NFL with constant change... How many super bowl rings does Cowher have??? in how many years of coaching????

Henne has improved and the Offense has improved. I know Henne's stats are inflated because of garbage time, but compared to last year it's a big improvement. The Defense is swiss cheese. They need a 3rd 4th 5th cornerback. Will Allen is not very good but would be a start, resign him. Coverage linebackers, a real safety or 2 wouldn't hurt. We are "loaded" on the defensive line... Loaded with slow plodding linemen just the way Parcells liked it. Wake is a good pass rusher but a rookie held and handled him all night. Behind him is who as a pass rusher?

Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker combined aren't as big as Karlos Dansby.

WTF??

Dolphins 2012 season 0-16..
Dolphins get #1 Pick...
LUCK available at #1..
Ireland trades away #1 for "value picks and Acorns..

COWHER PLEASE..

Hate to be the one to point it out but Henne played like a pro

Craven you are an idiot. Were you watching the same game? Henne did a fine job passing. He is NOT Brady, who is?? If you aren't a little encouraged even though deflated you should get the he;; off this blog, troll.

I NEVR REMEMBER SURTAIN AND MADISON PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES AS BEST CORNER TANDEM IN THE LEAGUE. THEY JUST WENT OUT AND PLAYED LIKE IT!

Buffalo Bill still thinks the Dolphins and Bills are meaningful rivals. Go watch some Jim Kelly Super Bowl highlights.

Henne played great and was obviously the leader on offense. He went toe-to-toe with Brady. Mando, why is so difficult to admit you gave up waaaaay too early on Henne? Your not THAT important.
Be a man. Man.

We lost at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball....

SAME RESULTS DIFFERENT YEAR HOW LONG MR.ROSS WILL LAUGH IN OUR FACES !

MR.ROSS KEEP UR EMPTY STADIUM UNTIL U SHOW R-E-S-P-E-C-T- TO MIAMI FANS ;)

the guys who saying henne did bad are mentally challenged

1)
the running game was bad.... uh no duh u should not run the ball when u get behind by 14 they abandon it
2)
are defense got carved up no pass rush, Sapp, Smith, Carroll u guys got it dam handed to u great job on covering high school teams could do better
3) and to blame crap on are offense is stupid i wanna see the time of possesion cuz they kept are offense off the field+

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